Evolutionary Theorizing in Economics
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AbstractThis paper reviews the case for an evolutionary approach to problems of economic analysis, ranging from the details of individual firm behavior in the short run through industrial dynamics to the historical evolution of institutions and technologies. We draw upon a substantial body of recent research contributions. We characterize micro behavior as governed by skills and routines that are shaped by learning and selection. We then consider major areas of application of evolutionary thinking, including the analysis of competitive processes in technologically dynamic industries and the evolution of institutions and technologies.
CitationNelson, Richard, R., and Sidney G. Winter. 2002. "Evolutionary Theorizing in Economics." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 16 (2): 23-46. DOI: 10.1257/0895330027247
- B52 Current Heterodox Approaches: Institutional; Evolutionary